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Are you interested in global issues and public policies? Do you constantly think about how you can make the world better? Check out the University of Tokyo’s Masters Degree in Public Policy.

The University of Tokyo (UT) held an information session last Aug. 26 at Ortigas City for students interested in pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Policy. The program is open to those who are interested in learning about different approaches on addressing challenges relating to public policy.

UT is the top university in Japan. Thus, it prides itself in its ability to provide globally competitive courses taught by the best pool of teachers from and outside the country. It also boasts its culturally diverse student body. This diversity provides broad discourse within and outside the classroom.

If you are a budding global leader who is interested in taking things further with your chosen career path, here are some tips from the admissions team:

  • Read the application package thoroughly. Many applicants toil over their requirements only to find out that they lack certain documents or certain specifications. Moreover, there are certain documents that need time to process. Start early and request early! Most importantly, make sure you do not miss out on any requirement. Do not leave a bad impression by submitting an incomplete application.  You may download the application package here.
  • Know your statement of purpose. During the information session, the admissions team constantly reminded applicants to understand themselves. In the statement of purpose, it should clearly state crucial questions like: “How can it help you in your future career path?” or “How is it related to your pursuit of knowledge?”
  • Stand out. Equip yourself with skills and experiences. You can do this by taking tests or classes. In addition, you may learn the language or take language proficiency tests. Part of the process is an interview. During this interview, make sure to convince the panel of your strength and potential.

The University of Tokyo is an exciting learning environment to kickstart your adventure abroad. Like the university, you will surely be enthralled by the wonders of Japan. The country is oozing with culture waiting to be explored. So what are you waiting for? Work on that application!

 

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Australia has become a popular destination not only for tourists but aspiring international students as well. Apart from its scenic sites, students are attracted to the easygoing atmosphere that is perfect for pursuing an academic degree.

Mentor Charlene moved to Australia after graduating from a private high school in Taipei, Taiwan. With the help of an agency that connected her with a mentor, she was able to deduce the best option for her to get into a university in Australia. Charlene took a series of tests like

Charlene completed a degree in Media Communication and International Relations at the University of Melbourne (UM). Although she had travelled to different countries before like England and the US, Australia seemed like best option suited for her personality. She decided to go to UM because of its degree programs. Location was also a deciding factor.

Settling in

According to Charlene, her first year in Australia was tough. She wasn’t so keen on student housing. Some international students would opt to find housing within the city instead of spending on transportation fees. Thus, the living situation was crowded.

Charlene had no scholarship so she needed to settle with sharing a two-bedroom apartment with six other people. However, being able to find extra income allowed her to eventually find a room just for herself.

Making Connections

Other than housing, Charlene also had difficulty communicating with her peers. There were few Asians taking the program she was pursuing so it took time to find people she can easily connect with. Although discrimination was not apparent, she still felt that there was still a gap between local students and international students.

However, this did not discourage Charlene from making new friends and connecting with people. After all, it was only her first year and she was still getting to know her new environment.

Charlene encourages those who are interested in studying in Australia, as well as other similar countries like the US or New Zealand, to brush up on how locals communicate. Since Australia is known for its slang, Charlene listened to radio programs and watched television shows in order to catch up and to pick up these terms.

According to Charlene, your intellectual ability is already a given so what aspiring students should work on is their ability to communicate among students. With this, it will be easier to gain friends.

Transitioning from student to young professional

After graduation, Charlene was able to work for two companies in Australia. Although, as expected, it can be challenging especially if you’re a non-citizen since companies have to spend or invest more (i.e insurance fees or visa sponsorships) for you. However, this shouldn’t be a hindrance since there are many organizations that help international graduates look for work.

Charlene is currently working as a Digital Marketing Executive in Taiwan. Her stay in Australia has truly allowed her to stand out among her colleagues but also gain experience which she was eventually able to share and apply in her hometown.

Charlene speaks Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English. She completed a bachelor’s degree in media communications and international relations at the University of Sydney. She has experience working as a project manager in Sydney and is currently a marketing executive at AdAsia (Digital Advertising) in Taiwan.

If you want to ask Charlene a question about studying media communications and international relations at the University of Sydney or student housing in Sydney, please register as a student on afriendabroad.com and visit her mentor profile page: https://afriendabroad.com/profile/charcharkuo

If you want to know more about studying abroad, visit afriendabroad.com and subscribe to our blog: afriendabroadblog.com

If YouTube is blocked in your country, you can view the video here.

Australia has become a popular destination not only for tourists but aspiring international students as well. Apart from its scenic sites, students are attracted to the easygoing atmosphere that is perfect for pursuing an academic degree.

Mentor Charlene moved to Australia after graduating from a private high school in Taipei, Taiwan. With the help of an agency that connected her with a mentor, she was able to deduce the best option for her to get into a university in Australia. Charlene took a series of tests like

Charlene completed a degree in Media Communication and International Relations at the University of Melbourne (UM). Although she had travelled to different countries before like England and the US, Australia seemed like best option suited for her personality. She decided to go to UM because of its degree programs. Location was also a deciding factor.

Settling in

According to Charlene, her first year in Australia was tough. She wasn’t so keen on student housing. Some international students would opt to find housing within the city instead of spending on transportation fees. Thus, the living situation was crowded.

Charlene had no scholarship so she needed to settle with sharing a two-bedroom apartment with six other people. However, being able to find extra income allowed her to eventually find a room just for herself.

Making Connections

Other than housing, Charlene also had difficulty communicating with her peers. There were few Asians taking the program she was pursuing so it took time to find people she can easily connect with. Although discrimination was not apparent, she still felt that there was still a gap between local students and international students.

However, this did not discourage Charlene from making new friends and connecting with people. After all, it was only her first year and she was still getting to know her new environment.

Charlene encourages those who are interested in studying in Australia, as well as other similar countries like the US or New Zealand, to brush up on how locals communicate. Since Australia is known for its slang, Charlene listened to radio programs and watched television shows in order to catch up and to pick up these terms.

According to Charlene, your intellectual ability is already a given so what aspiring students should work on is their ability to communicate among students. With this, it will be easier to gain friends.

Transitioning from student to young professional

After graduation, Charlene was able to work for two companies in Australia. Although, as expected, it can be challenging especially if you’re a non-citizen since companies have to spend or invest more (i.e insurance fees or visa sponsorships) for you. However, this shouldn’t be a hindrance since there are many organizations that help international graduates look for work.

Charlene is currently working as a Digital Marketing Executive in Taiwan. Her stay in Australia has truly allowed her to stand out among her colleagues but also gain experience which she was eventually able to share and apply in her hometown.

Charlene speaks Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English. She completed a bachelor’s degree in media communications and international relations at the University of Sydney. She has experience working as a project manager in Sydney and is currently a marketing executive at AdAsia (Digital Advertising) in Taiwan.

If you want to ask Charlene a question about studying media communications and international relations at the University of Sydney or student housing in Sydney, please register as a student on afriendabroad.com and visit her mentor profile page: https://afriendabroad.com/profile/charcharkuo

If you want to know more about studying abroad, visit afriendabroad.com and subscribe to our blog: afriendabroadblog.com

If YouTube is blocked in your country, you can view the video here.
Australia has become a popular destination not only for tourists but aspiring international students as well. Apart from its scenic sites, students are attracted to the easygoing atmosphere that is perfect for pursuing an academic degree.

Mentor Charlene moved to Australia after graduating from a private high school in Taipei, Taiwan. With the help of an agency that connected her with a mentor, she was able to deduce the best option for her to get into a university in Australia. Charlene took a series of tests like

Charlene completed a degree in Media Communication and International Relations at the University of Melbourne (UM). Although she had travelled to different countries before like England and the US, Australia seemed like best option suited for her personality. She decided to go to UM because of its degree programs. Location was also a deciding factor.

Settling in

According to Charlene, her first year in Australia was tough. She wasn’t so keen on student housing. Some international students would opt to find housing within the city instead of spending on transportation fees. Thus, the living situation was crowded.

Charlene had no scholarship so she needed to settle with sharing a two-bedroom apartment with six other people. However, being able to find extra income allowed her to eventually find a room just for herself.

Making Connections

Other than housing, Charlene also had difficulty communicating with her peers. There were few Asians taking the program she was pursuing so it took time to find people she can easily connect with. Although discrimination was not apparent, she still felt that there was still a gap between local students and international students.

However, this did not discourage Charlene from making new friends and connecting with people. After all, it was only her first year and she was still getting to know her new environment.

Charlene encourages those who are interested in studying in Australia, as well as other similar countries like the US or New Zealand, to brush up on how locals communicate. Since Australia is known for its slang, Charlene listened to radio programs and watched television shows in order to catch up and to pick up these terms.

According to Charlene, your intellectual ability is already a given so what aspiring students should work on is their ability to communicate among students. With this, it will be easier to gain friends.

Transitioning from student to young professional

After graduation, Charlene was able to work for two companies in Australia. Although, as expected, it can be challenging especially if you’re a non-citizen since companies have to spend or invest more (i.e insurance fees or visa sponsorships) for you. However, this shouldn’t be a hindrance since there are many organizations that help international graduates look for work.

Charlene is currently working as a Digital Marketing Executive in Taiwan. Her stay in Australia has truly allowed her to stand out among her colleagues but also gain experience which she was eventually able to share and apply in her hometown.

Charlene speaks Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English. She completed a bachelor’s degree in media communications and international relations at the University of Sydney. She has experience working as a project manager in Sydney and is currently a marketing executive at AdAsia (Digital Advertising) in Taiwan.

If you want to ask Charlene a question about studying media communications and international relations at the University of Sydney or student housing in Sydney, please register as a student on afriendabroad.com and visit her mentor profile page: https://afriendabroad.com/profile/charcharkuo

If you want to know more about studying abroad, visit afriendabroad.com and subscribe to our blog: afriendabroadblog.com

If YouTube is blocked in your country, you can view the video here.

Australia has become a popular destination not only for tourists but aspiring international students as well. Apart from its scenic sites, students are attracted to the easygoing atmosphere that is perfect for pursuing an academic degree.

Mentor Charlene moved to Australia after graduating from a private high school in Taipei, Taiwan. With the help of an agency that connected her with a mentor, she was able to deduce the best option for her to get into a university in Australia. Charlene took a series of tests like

Charlene completed a degree in Media Communication and International Relations at the University of Melbourne (UM). Although she had travelled to different countries before like England and the US, Australia seemed like best option suited for her personality. She decided to go to UM because of its degree programs. Location was also a deciding factor.

Settling in

According to Charlene, her first year in Australia was tough. She wasn’t so keen on student housing. Some international students would opt to find housing within the city instead of spending on transportation fees. Thus, the living situation was crowded.

Charlene had no scholarship so she needed to settle with sharing a two-bedroom apartment with six other people. However, being able to find extra income allowed her to eventually find a room just for herself.

Making Connections

Other than housing, Charlene also had difficulty communicating with her peers. There were few Asians taking the program she was pursuing so it took time to find people she can easily connect with. Although discrimination was not apparent, she still felt that there was still a gap between local students and international students.

However, this did not discourage Charlene from making new friends and connecting with people. After all, it was only her first year and she was still getting to know her new environment.

Charlene encourages those who are interested in studying in Australia, as well as other similar countries like the US or New Zealand, to brush up on how locals communicate. Since Australia is known for its slang, Charlene listened to radio programs and watched television shows in order to catch up and to pick up these terms.

According to Charlene, your intellectual ability is already a given so what aspiring students should work on is their ability to communicate among students. With this, it will be easier to gain friends.

Transitioning from student to young professional

After graduation, Charlene was able to work for two companies in Australia. Although, as expected, it can be challenging especially if you’re a non-citizen since companies have to spend or invest more (i.e insurance fees or visa sponsorships) for you. However, this shouldn’t be a hindrance since there are many organizations that help international graduates look for work.

Charlene is currently working as a Digital Marketing Executive in Taiwan. Her stay in Australia has truly allowed her to stand out among her colleagues but also gain experience which she was eventually able to share and apply in her hometown.

Charlene speaks Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English. She completed a bachelor’s degree in media communications and international relations at the University of Sydney. She has experience working as a project manager in Sydney and is currently a marketing executive at AdAsia (Digital Advertising) in Taiwan.

If you want to ask Charlene a question about studying media communications and international relations at the University of Sydney or student housing in Sydney, please register as a student on afriendabroad.com and visit her mentor profile page: https://afriendabroad.com/profile/charcharkuo

If you want to know more about studying abroad, visit afriendabroad.com and subscribe to our blog: afriendabroadblog.com

If YouTube is blocked in your country, you can view the video here.
Australia has become a popular destination not only for tourists but aspiring international students as well. Apart from its scenic sites, students are attracted to the easygoing atmosphere that is perfect for pursuing an academic degree.

Mentor Charlene moved to Australia after graduating from a private high school in Taipei, Taiwan. With the help of an agency that connected her with a mentor, she was able to deduce the best option for her to get into a university in Australia. Charlene took a series of tests like

Charlene completed a degree in Media Communication and International Relations at the University of Melbourne (UM). Although she had travelled to different countries before like England and the US, Australia seemed like best option suited for her personality. She decided to go to UM because of its degree programs. Location was also a deciding factor.

Settling in

According to Charlene, her first year in Australia was tough. She wasn’t so keen on student housing. Some international students would opt to find housing within the city instead of spending on transportation fees. Thus, the living situation was crowded.

Charlene had no scholarship so she needed to settle with sharing a two-bedroom apartment with six other people. However, being able to find extra income allowed her to eventually find a room just for herself.

Making Connections

Other than housing, Charlene also had difficulty communicating with her peers. There were few Asians taking the program she was pursuing so it took time to find people she can easily connect with. Although discrimination was not apparent, she still felt that there was still a gap between local students and international students.

However, this did not discourage Charlene from making new friends and connecting with people. After all, it was only her first year and she was still getting to know her new environment.

Charlene encourages those who are interested in studying in Australia, as well as other similar countries like the US or New Zealand, to brush up on how locals communicate. Since Australia is known for its slang, Charlene listened to radio programs and watched television shows in order to catch up and to pick up these terms.

According to Charlene, your intellectual ability is already a given so what aspiring students should work on is their ability to communicate among students. With this, it will be easier to gain friends.

Transitioning from student to young professional

After graduation, Charlene was able to work for two companies in Australia. Although, as expected, it can be challenging especially if you’re a non-citizen since companies have to spend or invest more (i.e insurance fees or visa sponsorships) for you. However, this shouldn’t be a hindrance since there are many organizations that help international graduates look for work.

Charlene is currently working as a Digital Marketing Executive in Taiwan. Her stay in Australia has truly allowed her to stand out among her colleagues but also gain experience which she was eventually able to share and apply in her hometown.

Charlene speaks Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English. She completed a bachelor’s degree in media communications and international relations at the University of Sydney. She has experience working as a project manager in Sydney and is currently a marketing executive at AdAsia (Digital Advertising) in Taiwan.

If you want to ask Charlene a question about studying media communications and international relations at the University of Sydney or student housing in Sydney, please register as a student on afriendabroad.com and visit her mentor profile page: https://afriendabroad.com/profile/charcharkuo

If you want to know more about studying abroad, visit afriendabroad.com and subscribe to our blog: afriendabroadblog.com

If YouTube is blocked in your country, you can view the video here.

Australia has become a popular destination not only for tourists but aspiring international students as well. Apart from its scenic sites, students are attracted to the easygoing atmosphere that is perfect for pursuing an academic degree.

Mentor Charlene moved to Australia after graduating from a private high school in Taipei, Taiwan. With the help of an agency that connected her with a mentor, she was able to deduce the best option for her to get into a university in Australia. Charlene took a series of tests like

Charlene completed a degree in Media Communication and International Relations at the University of Melbourne (UM). Although she had travelled to different countries before like England and the US, Australia seemed like best option suited for her personality. She decided to go to UM because of its degree programs. Location was also a deciding factor.

Settling in

According to Charlene, her first year in Australia was tough. She wasn’t so keen on student housing. Some international students would opt to find housing within the city instead of spending on transportation fees. Thus, the living situation was crowded.

Charlene had no scholarship so she needed to settle with sharing a two-bedroom apartment with six other people. However, being able to find extra income allowed her to eventually find a room just for herself.

Making Connections

Other than housing, Charlene also had difficulty communicating with her peers. There were few Asians taking the program she was pursuing so it took time to find people she can easily connect with. Although discrimination was not apparent, she still felt that there was still a gap between local students and international students.

However, this did not discourage Charlene from making new friends and connecting with people. After all, it was only her first year and she was still getting to know her new environment.

Charlene encourages those who are interested in studying in Australia, as well as other similar countries like the US or New Zealand, to brush up on how locals communicate. Since Australia is known for its slang, Charlene listened to radio programs and watched television shows in order to catch up and to pick up these terms.

According to Charlene, your intellectual ability is already a given so what aspiring students should work on is their ability to communicate among students. With this, it will be easier to gain friends.

Transitioning from student to young professional

After graduation, Charlene was able to work for two companies in Australia. Although, as expected, it can be challenging especially if you’re a non-citizen since companies have to spend or invest more (i.e insurance fees or visa sponsorships) for you. However, this shouldn’t be a hindrance since there are many organizations that help international graduates look for work.

Charlene is currently working as a Digital Marketing Executive in Taiwan. Her stay in Australia has truly allowed her to stand out among her colleagues but also gain experience which she was eventually able to share and apply in her hometown.

Charlene speaks Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English. She completed a bachelor’s degree in media communications and international relations at the University of Sydney. She has experience working as a project manager in Sydney and is currently a marketing executive at AdAsia (Digital Advertising) in Taiwan.

If you want to ask Charlene a question about studying media communications and international relations at the University of Sydney or student housing in Sydney, please register as a student on afriendabroad.com and visit her mentor profile page: https://afriendabroad.com/profile/charcharkuo

If you want to know more about studying abroad, visit afriendabroad.com and subscribe to our blog: afriendabroadblog.com

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Today, an aspiring Indian student was able to consult his Chinese mentor at New York University about studying for a master’s in financial engineering in the United States. Both the mentor and student enjoyed the chat made possible by AFriendAbroad.com

What is A Friend Abroad?

A Friend Abroad has more than 270 mentors to date. All of us are committed to help other people get the opportunity to study abroad. From basic consultations to essay reviews, A Friend Abroad can help you get into your dream school.

Our search feature lets you find the mentor you need. You can search using the name of your desired school, country, or even the academic level.

Even if you cannot find a mentor that suits your needs, we would be more than happy to do a custom search for you. Using A Friend Abroad is also easy and intuitive. We have posted guides on our blog.

Furthermore, you also have the option to check out some of our posts and videos here on our blog, afriendabroad.com/blog. We sometimes feature our mentors and they give out valuable advice so make sure you don’t miss them!

A Friend Abroad: building bridges and fostering brilliance beyond borders!

It’s normal for students find themselves conflicted on which degree programs to pursue because of their vast interests and passions. It can get even more overwhelming because there are just too many alluring options. However, like one of our mentors, you are bound to discover a university that can allow you to pursue more than one of your interests.

Meet Mentor Michelle. Michelle is a senior from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a double degree in Cinema Studies and Business.

Since high school, she had always known that she wanted to study film and business. However, choosing to studying in a top university in her home country, the Philippines, would mean that she’d have to choose one.

Through research, Michelle discovered the possibility of pursuing both educational interests. Thus, getting into UPenn was something she set her eyes on in high school.

Coming from a high school that had no International Baccalaureate affiliation or a program for those interested in pursuing studies abroad, Michelle needed to stand out. Michelle was guided by mentors who helped her study for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and decide on an essay topic. Her mentors aided her throughout the entire process not just with requirements but with packaging Michelle alongside her extracurricular activities

Michelle recounts that the process was quite a pain and her mentors were hard on her. However, she gushes that it’s a process she would undoubtedly go through again.

Since entering UPenn, Michelle has had the chance to enjoy classes from two different schools–the Wharton School and the School of Arts and Sciences. Moreover, she also landed an internship for a film financing company after deciding that she needed to gain more working experience before graduating.

If permitted, Michelle intends to pursue a career in Hollywood where the film industry is very much established. However, she intends to come back to the Philippines and bring back whatever she has gained from her time in the US. Since most universities there do not offer a program similar to hers, Michelle hopes to drive change by establishing her own film school and studio.

For those who are interested in settling in the US after graduation, Michelle mentions that although job opportunities are few for noncitizens, this shouldn’t hinder you from pursuing a career there. There are still many companies willing to sponsor international graduates.

Studying abroad has allowed Michelle to gain access to an education program that isn’t available in her home country. Moreover, she was able to discover herself and be independent since entering UPenn.

Michelle’s story goes to show that the possibilities are endless. With adequate research, patience and determination, you don’t have to sacrifice one passion to pursue another.

If you want to talk to Michelle and get to know more about her experiences as a student abroad, register here and visit her profile!

Good luck and may all your dreams come true!

Love,

A Friend Abroad